A nagging injury is one that repeatedly continues to happen and it just will not seem to go away. Exercising with constant pain seems counter-intuitive. You want to live a healthy lifestyle, but you don't want to injure yourself. Here are some things you need to know about nagging injuries.
Normal aches and pains typically relieve themselves, but sometimes they stick around for weeks or even months. If this happens, even mildly, it shouldn't be ignored. Pain can change your bio-mechanical movement, which leads to stress on ligaments, joints, tendons, and muscles.
Typically, nagging pains happen as a result of the repetitive stress or overuse of a part of your body. This creates swellings and inflammation, resulting in pain. While over the counter medications can temporarily relieve the pain,they are not able to treat the underlying issue. Working through a nagging pain can lead to a more serious issue, such as chronic inflammation. This can cause weakness and the gradual breakdown of tissue, which will create more pain and swelling. This begins the chronic nagging injury.
This type of chronic pain can eventually result in the inability to exercise, which'll affect your health. It's vital to avoid chronic pain and stop further damage by allowing any injuries to heal properly. When nagging injuries occur, the body can alter a movement to avoid pain. Changing the normal bio-mechanics of human movement to avoid pain places more stress on other joints, leading to more injuries.
Nagging pain often occurs with shoulder in the rotator cuff, in the Achilles tendon, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and the neck. To treat these injuries, apply heat before exercising and ice and rest after exercising. The heat will increase blood flow and reduce stiffness in the body, and ice will reduce swelling.
While most people may believe that they'll eventually need to stop exercising due to their nagging pain, a physiotherapist can evaluate each injury and prepare a treatment and recovery plan that's specified to your needs. It is not common to stop exercise altogether, while it may be advised to find an alternate exercise. For example, while running may be hard on the joints, swimming is more gentle, and can be a healthy replacement. Also, reducing the intensity of your chosen activity is important during treatment and recovery. Your injury's cause will be evaluated, which will then lead your physiotherapist to be able to discuss your exercise practices and advise any necessary changes. Eventually once you are beginning to heal, you can gradually work your way back up to your normal exercise routine, as long as the pain does not return.
It's important to return to exercise gradually, because over-training is the root of most nagging pains. If you jump right back into your normal exercise routine too quickly, you can easily re-injure yourself.
Also, you should have your nagging injury analyzed, before it turns into a chronic injury. This could ultimately keep you from exercising altogether and stop the enjoyment of healthy living.